Electronic pop singer/songwriter Dido burst onto the international
mainstream at the close of the '90s, issuing two of the U.K.'s
best-selling albums of all time. Her debut, 1999's No Angel, topped
charts around the globe and sold over 20 million copies. The
follow-up, 2003's Life for Rent, performed just as well, bolstered
by her comforting blend of electronic production and pastoral
heart, which was heard on singles such as "White Flag," her
highest-charting and best-selling to date. Though separated by
extended stretches of silence, each subsequent release enriched her
catalog and helped her become one of the most beloved English
artists of the early 21st century. Born Dido Florian Cloud de
Bounevialle O'Malley Armstrong in Kensington, she entered London's
Guildhall School of Music at age six; by the time she reached her
teens, the budding musician had already mastered piano, violin, and
recorder. After touring with a British classical ensemble, she
accepted a publishing job. Meanwhile, she sang with a series of
local groups before joining the trip-hop outfit Faithless -- helmed
by her older brother, the noted DJ and producer Rollo -- in 1995.
The group released its debut album, Reverence, the following year.
It went on to sell over five million copies worldwide, and Dido
parlayed her newfound success into a solo deal with Arista Records.
Dido's ethereal solo material combined elements of acoustic pop and
electronica. She released her debut LP, No Angel, in mid-1999, and
supported the release by joining the Lilith Fair tour that summer.
However, her biggest break arrived in 2000, when rap superstar
Eminem sampled one of her tracks, "Thank You," for the chorus of
his hit single "Stan." The result was a surprisingly touching song,
and demand for the Dido original quickly escalated. "Thank You"
became a Top Five smash in early 2001, as did the accompanying No
Angel, whose album sales topped 12 million copies worldwide by the
time Dido returned to the spotlight two years later. In September
2003, she released her long-awaited follow-up, Life for Rent. The
sophomore effort was layered with personal hardship and heartbreak,
marking some of Dido's most honest material yet. An eagerly
anticipated record, it became one of the fastest-selling albums in
U.K. history, quickly going multi-platinum at home while also
moving several million copies in America. Following a world tour,
Dido once again retreated from the public eye in 2005 to work on
her third solo release. Safe Trip Home arrived in 2008, featuring
collaborations with Brian Eno, Mick Fleetwood, and Citizen Cope.
Shortly after this, she recorded the single "Everything to Lose,"
which subsequently appeared on the Sex and the City 2 soundtrack.
In 2011, she worked with producer A.R Rahman on the single "If I
Rise" and began work on her fourth studio album, Girl Who Got Away,
with producers Rollo Armstrong and Jeff Bhasker, as well as guest
producer Brian Eno on the track "Day Before We Went to War." Issued
in 2013, the album also featured the track "Let Us Move On" with
Kendrick Lamar. Following a Greatest Hits set that arrived later
that year, Dido parted ways with RCA and spent the next few years
away from the public eye, crafting her next album. In 2018, she
emerged with the single "Hurricanes," kicking off the rollout for
her fifth full-length. A collaboration with her brother Rollo,
Still on My Mind (BMG) was released in March 2019 and featured the
additional single "Give You Up." ~ Jason Ankeny